Artist Spotlight: Christina Achiaga

This week we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Christina Achiaga aka @manluc_illustrations as our Artist spotlight of the week.


Hello! Please can you give us a brief little introduction about yourself?

Hi! I am Cristina and MANLUC Illustrations is the brand I created for my work.

I come from Spain but I live in Switzerland since a few years already with my husband and my two kids.

When I was a child I was always drawing but when I was 20 years old I stopped and didn’t touch a pencil for many years. During that time I studied Visual Communication and Journalism and started to work on Corporate Communications. Then my husband and I travelled for a few months around Asia and Australia and the desire to draw came back to me. And so I decided that it was time to leave everything and to dedicate myself to my real passions: writing and, of course, drawing. There is only one life and we have to try to do what we love, right?

 
What inspires you?

I´m inspired by the things and the people that surround me: my kids and their magical imagination, the people I see in the street, scenes of daily life…

 
What is your favourite thing to draw?

I would say to create characters and place them different and funny situations. Nowadays I try to pay more attention to the expressions and movements and I am working on improving myself in these areas.

 
What art goals do you have for this year?

So many! I would love to end the year with a nice portfolio, to redesign my website and give it a new look, finish the two books I am working on and, of course, to improve my drawing skills (specially animals)...

As you can see I am a person with many goals and it is true that sometimes I don’t have enough time to accomplish them but hey! let´s cross fingers and hopefully I am done by 2022!

 
What techniques/supplies do you use?

I usually go for digital (Procreate) as it is a fastest way to work. I love the incredible options that it gives you and you can draw anywhere!

I really enjoy working with watercolour and colour pencils, but lately I don’t have much time to do so… new goal for this year: to take some time for this!

 
What advice would you give to another doodler/artist?

Just try to do always what you love. Simple as that.

 

Where can people go to learn more about you or see more of your work? (social media/website links)

Right now you can find most of my work in my IG account, which is linked to my Facebook page (@manlucillustrations). I also have a website (www.manlucillustrations.com) and an Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/MANLUCbyCristina).


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